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So you have gotten this far into the weekend; you’ve kept a good party balance and you’ve made it to Monday at Movement. Luckily, the last day of the festival is often packed with some of the best music. The schedule had a lot I personally wanted to hear, so I made sure to make it down to Hart Plaza kind of early so I could squeeze the maximum amount of music into my last day of Movement.

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Audiofly was the first thing that really grabbed my ear and led me in after arriving at the festival, pulling me toward the Beatport stage to get my day started with some banging techno that was getting the early day crowd warmed up.  Awesome beats, a cool breeze and the excellent view that this stage always offers made this the perfect start to my day.

Next up, I made sure to get to catch a little bit of D Wynn, one of my favorite locals. He didn’t disappoint, playing sweet, soulful house tracks that you can’t help but to dance to. I wanted to sample as much from every stage as I could, so I wandered a bit more, saw Clark drop some live, slow techno beats at the Underground stage while rocking thick basslines on a Moog, heard Ben UFO drop some signature acid tinged techno for an eager crowd, and was pleasantly surprised by the house music being spun by Patrick Topping, whom I had never heard of prior.

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While meeting up with a friend I had the pleasure of hearing Detroit homeboy Marshall Applewhite tearing up a set of his signature “sludge” sound of dirty slowed down beats, and also had the pleasure of catching a live set by the legendary Phuture. Heavy acid and remixes of classic tracks were the flavor of the day, and they absolutely killed it. This was possibly one of the greatest sets I saw all weekend.

Meandering over to the Beatport stage, I got to catch Paco Osuna just as he was going on, and knocking the crowd down with heavy, deep techno. Before a mission back to the car to recharge for a few, I had the pleasure of listening Joy Orbison rocking a crowd with a sick house and breakbeat set, and caught a little bit of Lee Foss warming up with his unique house flavor.

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On the way back in, I was drawn to the Main Stage by Maceo Plex banging out hype techno beats to an eager crowd. As a Movement staple, I have seen Maceo Plex many times, and I have to say this was by far one of his best sets. The pulsating, driving music had the entire Main Stage bowl dancing in unison.

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What happened next was awesome. It had been recommended by several friends that I not miss !!! (pronounced chk chk chk). I was totally unfamiliar with the group, and was fascinated when I walked over the stage and saw a band set up. They quickly began, and I was gifted to see one of my other top contenders for best set of the weekend. !!! brought an electro-indie rock sound that reminded me in parts of LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip. The lead singer brought an energy that spread to the crowd, and their keyboard/drum machine/synth/hand percussion dude was amazing!

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My day was capped out beautifully by one of my favorite musicians, Squarepusher. This was his second go around at Movement, and his set was everything I hoped it would be; glitched out, breakbeat IDM with bizarre visuals that only Squarepusher could bring.

The last day was a great one. It was a little mellower, but the music was on point, and the crowds that showed made the vibe amazing. A fantastic close to Movement and beginning of Summer in Detroit.

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Detroit was the star again for day 2 of Movement Electronic Music Festival, presented by Paxahau. The long lines of day 1 had died down quite a bit, and other than a little wait for general admission at the main gate, the day went off proper.  The weather was beautiful, 75 degree and partly sunny, Techno christmas was in full swing. A record number of people showed out for all the amazing talent to be seen across 6 stages. The crowds made me think of a few things… 1 : Techno is alive and well, and so are festivals. The familiarity of festivals with this generation of music lovers has created a loyal and fervent stock of people who use vacation time, and every penny they could save to party and dance with thousands of others for 3 days straight. 2: It is quite remarkable how well organized a group of 50,000 neo-hippies can be when faced with the challenge. I surmise that only the technocrat could weave the delicate and tumultuous terrain of Hart plaza whilst managing a beer in one hand, and a friend on the other. It certainly isn’t without chaos, but that’s kind-of part of the ambience, and for so much chaos, I have to say we do it pretty well.

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My day started off with Todd Osborn (live) at the Made in Detroit stage.  It was a sight to behold with Todd bringing out the gear for this one.  A unique blend,  as expected with Mr Osborn, laden with pounding kicks, snappy snares,  and 303 lines galore.  He pleased the crowd as Detroit’s iconic building, the Renaissance Center, played a perfect background.  The stages seem very well set up this year, with the next artist already hooked up and ready to go, on a separate table, with connectors to patch power and audio. When Osborn was done, they simply unhooked his rig and rolled the entire thing away as JTC took over to continue the Ghostly showcase on the Made in Detroit stage on Sunday.

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Next I caught a bit of JTC, who did not disappoint. Playing a mix of vinyl and digital,  he kept driving rhythms and plush bass the whole way through. There’s something extra classy about a JTC set that is hard to describe, but palpable in person. James T Cotton is the man. His track selection is a treasure trove of classics and new heat, all of which incinerate the dance floor.

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I saw people under the stairs next, and I was blown away by the true hip hop showmanship I experienced. These guys tore the place down. Real lyrics, dope beats, and style for days. These guys had timing, they had charisma, and they had content. It was a performance that reminded me of what hip hop was, and what it can be. It doesn’t have to be a boring braggadocios pile of drivel, it can be a real show, and it can rock the party right. Bravo, People Under the Stairs, Bravo.

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I caught Art Department for a short while on the Main Stage, and it was rumbling for sure. What was billed as their “last set ever”, seemed to have a very jovial feel. Traditional Art Department style with deep tracks, and bass for days, the duo seemed to be really enjoying the moment. I often caught them smiling to one and other, and that attitude really poured over into the crowd. These guys command respect with their production, and their DJ sets, and whatever they move on to next, I’m sure will be a plus for us music fans.

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Danny Brown would be my next attraction, and his persona cannot be mistaken. Bold, and outspoken, Detroit’s alt rapper had the crowd buzzing and bouncing with skywlkr providing his unique blend of hip hop and electronic beats. Danny’s high pitched barks were a bit muffled, but the crowd sang along to most of his tracks, and the energy was incredible. He was wearing some kind of Kool-aid man shirt with an American flag on the front and a British flag on the back, perhaps a nod to his recent UK tour. I caught some great shots of Danny and his crew.

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I Managed to sneak away to the underground stage for Rodhad, and it was an amazing scene. So much dancing, mesmerizing lights, and aggressive Techno pounding. I will say that the sound was far better than in years past underground, and that’s probably due to the significant amount of deadening they did to dampen the extremely echo-ey space. They had it dialed in proper, and that made for great sets all around.

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I need to make a separate ode to Mike Servito here… His set at Movement was as expected, a great time. He pleased the locals with his signature style of House and Techno, but the after party was where I really saw him shine last night. He played at the Interdimensional Transmissions show at Tangent Gallery for an annual party entitled “No Way Back”, and that was indeed a statement to heed. His 3am set right after Mark Verbos – live (also amazing), was nothing short of an ass-beating. He came like a bull dog to those turntables and relentlessly dropped fire for an hour and a half. I don’t know that I’ve seen kids dance that hard outside of a Canadian Gabber Core party in 1993. Ha. Really though, he played slamming Techno with Jim Gibbons AVS Sound rig hitting on all cylinders. It felt as underground and old school as you could get in 2015. The energy from that set is still with me now, and I can’t even explain it properly. It was one of those times when all the colors of the night fade into one blur of beautiful madness, a watercolor canvas of art and culture high-fiving in a worm-hole. Yeah, that’s what it was.

Matthew Dear was my surprise of the night, he did an exquisite job. Weaving techno rhythms and House basslines with his signature brooding style, and the occasional abstract vocal to jar your consciousness a bit.  He kept the crowd moving the entire time, and he was really playing to the Detroit community with his track selection.  I found my crew of people specifically got down to his set.  It seemed everyone busted out the techno they had in their bags today, but Matthew Dear did so with a grace that was subtle and organic.  It didn’t feel like he was trying to do anything he wasn’t completely comfortable with, he was in the moment.  Grooving.

Ben Klock would be my final experience of day 2, and my goodness what a treat. A saturated underground stage stood witness to hard Techno, in epic proportion.  Ben did what he does, destroy the fucking room, and he did it with reckless abandon. Every track seemed harder than the last, even though that didn’t seem possible.  He used acid-like break downs to mark the valleys of his set, and would just as quickly bring it back up to an even higher peak than the last time. A true professional with patience and a vision for his sets. This was a journey, and the time was just right for Ben Klock. Props to Blank Code for programming an amazing Underground stage all weekend.

Detroit was captured beautifully in between a crazy scene at Hart plaza. The crowds were overwhelming,  for everyone involved,  but that didn’t stop amazing music from beaming out of the speakers nonstop.  The crowd seemed decidedly underground in their tastes, and the attitude of respect and moderation seemed consistent.  This I enjoyed. The EDM scene seemed heavily deterred by the lack of mainstream names, and it was a welcome sight for a festival such as Detroit’s. It was it’s largest crowds I’ve seen since going to a pay format, and the music was top notch. The crowds were hindered by long lines, but once inside were sufficiently rewarded.  The lesson we learned this year. Have your bracelet mailed to you, no matter what.  Detroiters cannot wait with the common folk. JK JK  ;)

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DetroitDancerAh, the first day of the festival. The hype builds up all year for Detroit’s Techno Christmas, as one of our crew members likes to call it. We’ve been waiting all year to kick things off but sadly, the first day did not leave a very good impression for many.

Most of the anger stemming from an absolutely ridiculous will call line. You thought the line to Magic Mountain was bad? Not as bad as this was. Personally, I didn’t have to wait at all to get a media pass. There was one person in front of me and I waited maybe 3 minutes or so. I was in the festival for hours and started to wonder where the hell my friends were. Turns out they were all waiting for hours in line. By the time I saw them, they were pretty sour about the whole thing. People took to Movement’s Facebook page with tons of hateful comments. Someone even created and is now selling a t-shirt with, “Fuck Yo Will Call Line” printed on it. Paxahau returned with a heartfelt, “We’re sorry!” and pretty much blamed it on new “wristband technology.” Not many people really accepted that though and are demanding refunds. I agree that something should be done, but at the same time, understand that there was a record number of attendees for the first day.

Even though there were massive amounts of people, the overall sourness coming from the long wait carried over to the atmosphere of the event. It took me a while to put my finger on it, but something just seemed a little off. After a while of chatting with others, I came to the conclusion that there was just a serious lack of a good vibe going on. It wasn’t a bad vide, just an overall sense of blah. There seemed to be a lot of chaos going on everywhere and no cohesiveness to the whole event. Good thing that the artists playing still held it down though.

Rick WilhiteFestI heard some Todd Terje coming from the speakers of the Red Bull stage and made it over to discover Rick Wilhite mixing superbly. He was the first thing that I saw that was really enjoyable. It was getting hot out and I found a nice tree to chill under while listening to Rick play a ton of classics.

KerriFestAfter him, I wandered around but eventually came back to the Red Bull stage and saw Kerri Chandler. Being an originator of the deep house sound, Kerri led us through deep, jazzy, and soulful tracks signature to his style. Flawless mixing and great selection was expected and he definitely delivered on all fronts.

BreakinCopDuring Kerri’s set, I started to hear a bunch of hollering at the back of the crowd. I headed over to discover some damn good dancers in a cypher. They were really working the crowd and everyone was trying to get some pictures. At one moment, to everyone’s surprise, a Detroit police officer steps in and starts busting a move as well. He was damn good too. Only in Detroit, would you see something like this. Good thing his gun didn’t fall out of the holster and shoot a raver. I was glad to see some people trying to bring some vibe into this event. This was easily the most entertaining part of the day for me.

PullenfestAfter that I headed over to the Made In Detroit stage and hung out there for a while and saw Gaiser, Recloose, and Stacey Pullen. Gaiser was ripping it up when I got there with some trippy Techno. Lots of bleep and bloops but still banging. He has a real fun sound to dance to and people seemed to be really digging it. Recloose was playing his own mix of Techno and House and was nice, although there seemed to be some problems with the sound at that time that led into the first few minutes of Stacey Pullen’s set as well They must have worked it out, because the sound got better and Stacey was able to properly display his skill on the decks. This dude always delivers. He is classic Detroit from my perspective. The perfect blend of Techno and House that people come to expect. He is truly an amazing talent.

CatZDogzWhile wondering around, I briefly saw a bunch of other DJs throwing it down. I never say anything bad but also never saw anything to write home to momma about. The first day is usually played safe, and I guess you could say that was going on this year as well. House and Techno everywhere but nothing unique or special. Seth Troxler, Henrik Schwarz, and Richie Hawtin all played very well, but lacked anything that I would call amazing or next level. So, at the end of the day, the first day of Movement was just okay. Not bad, just a little meh.